OUR TEAM

ELITE FT EXECUTIVE TEAM

JUSTIN MCMILLIAN

Owner & Executive Director

Started Elite FT: 2002

Hometown: Granite City, IL

High School: Granite City High School (HS All-State)

Club Team: Granite City Elks

College: SIUE; Western Illinois (College All-American, Conference Player of the Year)

Favorite Elite FT moment: Celebrating 15 years

Experience: Played for Indiana Blast (Rookie of the Year), St. Louis Steamers (Rookie of the Year), St. Louis Illusion (1st Team All-PASL), and Illinois Piasa

BOB MCMILLIAN

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Year joined Elite FT: 2011

Hometown: East St. Louis

High School: East St. Louis Senior High

College: Concordia University

Favorite Elite FT moment: Justin McMillian (I loved watching him play for The Steamers)

Experience: Retired from American Water Company after 43 & 1/2 years

ROXIE STRANGE

SOCCER PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Year joined Elite FT: 2015

Hometown: Granite City, IL

High School: Granite City High School

Club Team: Elks, Granite City Select

College: Lewis & Clark Community College, McKendree College

Favorite professional athlete: Yadi

Experience: Head Women’s Soccer Coach- STLCC- Florissant Valley, Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach – McKendree College.

ADVISORY BOARD

Rob Hasse

Keith Gehling

Tony Segobiano

OFFICE TEAM

DAVE FERNANDEZ

SOCCER DIRECTOR

Started Elite FT: 2020

Hometown: Granite City, IL

High School: Granite City South High

College: St. Louis University

Favorite thing about training athletes: The challenge to connect & establish a level of trust 

Experience: Over 30 years of experience running soccer programs. Professional player, SLU National Champion, Granite City 4 time state champion

DAVID COLE

SOCCER DIRECTOR

Year joined Elite FT: 2015

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

High School: O’Fallon Township High School

College: Belhaven University (2012 National Champion Team) & McKendree University

Favorite Elite FT moment: The Holiday Camp every year

BRAD HARSHANY

SOCCER DIRECTOR & ADMINISTRATOR

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Tyler Prazma

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Anton Mukhin

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Bosco

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ELITE FT LIFERS - OUR CORE VALUES

The following list of current and former Elite FT Coaches have received the ultimate Elite FT honor. They have been named Elite FT Lifers for both their professional relationship with Elite FT and their personal relationship with Owner, Justin McMillian. In the early years, each of these people played an integral part in the growth of the company. As a result, we have combined all of their personalities to form Elite FT Coach’s Core Values. 

Mentor

Coaching  Jared Embick

Wisdom  Tim Strange

Caring

Safety  Justin Judiscak

Interaction  Ricky Andrews

Humble

Serving Others  Roxie Strange

Self-Evaluation  Chelsea Smith

Organized

Prepared  Tim & Devon Vance

Adapt  Donny Sheehan

Responsible

Accountable  Rob Lugge

Loyal  Sammy Keomanivane

Discipline

Maintain Control  Josh Boyd

Confident  Paul Daniels

Elite FT Coaching staff

SOCCER COACHES

SYDNEE CARROLL

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

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CHRIS FANNING

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

Year joined Elite FT: 2015

Hometown: Troy, IL

High School: Triad High School

College: St. Louis University

Favorite thing about training athletes: Watching them improve and grow as players

BEN FOREMAN

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

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DAN HOGAN

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

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TYLER MCWHORTER

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

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CONNOR WRIGHT

ELITE FT DIRECTOR & COACH

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Meet our coaching staff! Below is a list of our current coaches with one or more years of experience coaching at Elite FT.

  • Alaina Afogho
  • Nathan Beck
  • Glen Butler
  • Myscha Derickson
  • Zach Druhe
  • Noah Henry
  • Bella Hensler
  • Taylor Imming
  • Vincent Jackson
  • Tara Kennedy
  • Seth Keomanivane
  • Kelli Kinnikin
  • Katelyn Knaust
  • Carter McMillian
  • Cameron McNiel
  • Chris Moore
  • Sydney Moore
  • Olivia Olson
  • Megan Pawloski
  • Ariel Quinteros
  • Natalie Rushing
  • Diego Tapia-Fraites
  • Mac Thomalla
  • Emma Van Buskirk
  • McKenna Woods

SPORTS PERFORMANCE COACHES

Justin Bernaix

Performance Coach

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Laura Cell

Performance Coach

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Diego

Performance Coach

Year joined Elite FT: 2019

Hometown: NY, NY

High School: High School

College: McKendree University Edwardsville

Sports: Soccer

Experience: Loads of experience.

Emma Stauthammer

Performance Coach

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